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Each Month, we prepare a list of things you can do in your garden.

Fall is here. These are the things generally you need to do for your garden.

September should bring relief to gardens in the Northern Hemisphere and signal the start of a new season for gardeners in areas that have been too warm for anything but the tropical, as well as southern hemisphere gardeners. So whether you are beginning the process of putting your garden to bed or gearing up for a fresh start, September can be one of the busiest months in the garden. Let's just hope the weather cooperates.

bulletStop pruning and fertilizing
bulletBring summer vacationing houseplants back indoors while the windows are still open. Check carefully for hitchhiking pests
bulletStart fall clean-up in the flower beds, cutting back anything that has finished blooming or is diseased
bulletTake cuttings to over winter indoors
bulletWatch for frost warning and cover tender plants
bulletPhotograph your gardens and containers for a record of the year's triumphs and frustrations
bulletGive the compost a last turn

Flowers and Other Ornamental Plants

bulletDivide and move perennials
bulletDig and store tender bulbs like: dahlias, caladiums, cannas and tuberous begonias
bulletStart planting spring flowering bulbs


bulletHarvest remaining vegetables, including green tomatoes. (Tips for ripening green tomatoes.)
bulletWait for a hard freeze before harvesting brussel sprouts
bulletPick herbs for drying or freezing
bulletCure winter squash for storage. Place in a cool, sheltered shady spot for about 1 month.


bulletClean up fallen fruit

Trees & Shrubs

bulletPlant trees and shrubs. Keep well watered, if there isn't sufficient rain.


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